KEVIN HERVEY 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 230 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: SECOND ROUND
Hailing from Arlington, Texas, forward Kevin Hervey didn’t end up at any of the “big name” college basketball schools in the state of Texas, like Texas Tech, Baylor, or even the University of Texas. He didn’t go to Texas A&M. He didn’t even end up at SMU, which was close by to where he grew up.
No, Hervey instead played for the unheralded University of Texas-Arlington, and four years later, he’ll leave the school as one of the most decorated players to even suit up for the Mavericks (the school mascot).
The two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection finished as the program’s #2 ranked player in total points scored, field goals attempted, and field goals made, and became the school’s career leader in total rebounds and double-doubles (he had 36). Hervey also finished in fifth all time there in three-point field goals made and attempted. In each of his first three seasons there, Hervey led the team in scoring average, and led the team in rebounding in three of his four seasons there. He’s another one of those high-motor guys that will contribute in every way he can towards his team’s success.
Hervey finished second in the Sun Belt Conference with his 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Because of superstition, he actually began to come off the bench towards the latter part of the season by his own choice, leading to him not being listed as a starter for a few games; he did, however, start 26 of the 33 games he played in this year. But even as the “sixth man” on the team, he led the team in rebounds in 19 games this year, and 17 times in rebounds.
At 6’8 and about 220lbs, Hervey projects to be something of a hard-nosed combo forward who’ll excel in the paint. He’s a solid low post scorer who’s shown a strong ability to finish around the basket. He can shoot it from most spots inside of the three-point arc, while creating his own shot. Because of his ability to play in the paint, he’ll draw fouls and make opponents pay for them, as he’s a solid free throw shooter (he shot just under 81% as a senior this past year).
The two big questions that scouts will have for Hervey are around his size and his health. In regards to the former, while the 6’8 might seem like it’s adequate height, in an age where we’re starting to see guys close to seven-feet tall play the forward position, Hervey might be undersized. That’s doubly the case, given his preference to play more of an interior-based game. In addition, Hervey has had to deal with repeated knee injuries during his time at UT-Arlington, and that will obviously be a major concern for teams that are looking to invest in him.
Hervey will likely be a second round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and if a team is comfortable with him being more of an interior presence, he could have a productive NBA career.
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